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Emerson Fellow

Estera Barbarasa

11th Class, 2004-2005

Field Placement:  Vermont Foodbank (Barre, VT)

Estera created a Hunger 101 Education Toolkit and an accompanying marketing manual.  She conducted a focus group of teachers to assess the need for hunger and poverty awareness curriculum, and solicited information from food bank and community educators.  She gleaned and developed lesson plans, discussion guides, interactive activities, and volunteer projects to include in the education package.  In order to expand Hunger 101 program participation, she compiled a marketing manual that included tools for conducting media strategies, school outreach efforts, and dissemination of promotional material.  Estera also co-managed the food bank’s work with America’s Second Harvest’s Hunger in America 2005 national study.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Hunger 101 Education Toolkit is a curriculum package for elementary, middle, and high school students to educate them about hunger and poverty issues and empower them to be agents of change.  The themes of the curriculum focus on identifying the nature of domestic hunger, understanding the root causes of hunger and poverty, learning about community food security, and analyzing solutions from different angles.

Policy Placement: Call to Renewal (Washington, DC)

Estera worked to build Call to Renewal’s organizing and educational capacity.  She compiled and developed anti-poverty resources to better equip local direct-service providers, church leaders, and student activists in their educational campaigns.  She also identified strategic partnerships with local anti-poverty groups.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:

Estera is a 2004 graduate of the University of Chicago, with a major in political science and a minor in psychology.  She tutored children through the Woodlawn After-School Kids Program, researched country condition information for political asylum seekers, and studied abroad in Italy. An internship at America’s Second Harvest exposed her to the severe state of hunger and poverty within our borders and motivated her to work as an anti-hunger advocate.